Work began on the new record immediately after finishing 2015's 'Saturns Pattern' and once again features the full spectrum of Weller's influences, from rock to R&B, soul to jazz, and funk to folk.
Along with Weller's touring band faithful Andy Crofts, Ben Gordelier, Steve Cradock and Steve Pilgrim, the new record features appearances from soul legends PP Arnold and Madeleine Bell, Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt, The Strypes' guitarist Josh McClorey and none other than Boy George. It was recorded at Weller's Black Barn Studios HQ and produced and arranged by Jan 'Stan' Kybert and Weller himself.
As the leader of the Jam, Paul Weller fronted the most popular British band of the punk era, influencing legions of English rockers ranging from his mod revival contemporaries to the Smiths in the '80s and Oasis in the '90s. During the final days of the Jam, he developed a fascination with Motown and soul, which led him to form the sophisti-pop group the Style Council in 1983. As the Style Council's career progressed, Weller's interest in soul developed into an infatuation with jazz-pop and house music, which eventually led to gradual erosion of his audience - by 1990, he couldn't get a record contract in the U.K., where he had previously been worshiped as a demigod.
As a solo artist, Weller returned to soul music as an inspiration, cutting it with the progressive, hippie tendencies of Traffic. Weller's solo records were more organic and rootsier than the Style Council's, which helped him regain his popularity within Britain. By the mid-'90s, he had released three successful albums that were both critically acclaimed and massively popular in England, where contemporary bands like Ocean Colour Scene were citing him as an influence. Just as importantly, many observers, while occasionally criticizing the trad rock nature of his music, acknowledged that Weller was one of the few rock veterans who had managed to stay vital within the second decade of his career.
Deluxe Rigid Board Box Set With Lift-Off Lid
5 Pieces Of 10" Vinyl With Individual Artwork
8-Page Lyrics Booklet
10" x 10" Art Print
Limited Time Download Card
1. Woo Sé Mama
1. Long Long Road
2. She Moves With The Fayre
1. The Cranes Are Back
1. New York
2. One Tear
1. Satellite Kid
2. The Impossible Idea